Are Cardinals legitimate contenders? -

Are Cardinals legitimate contenders?

The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time for baseball teams to take a self-analysis and determine exactly what kind of team they have. The Cardinals have completed almost one-third of their schedule now and show no signs of weakening. They surprised everybody with their performance the few weeks of the season, but at this point it seems safe to say the Cardinals are for real. They continue to get solid, and at times spectacular, starting pitching. The Cardinals have had a chance to win almost every game they've played this season because their starting pitchers rarely have meltdowns. Contrast that to last season when it seemed like they lost 8-1, 10-2, or 9-0 once or twice a week. It's looking like Mark Mulder won't be much help this year, Matt Clement can't be counted on, and Chris Carpenter probably won't be ready to go until early August. But even without those three veteran starters the Cardinals seem fairly well positioned to make a solid run at a division title. Who'd have thunk it!!!

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